|Sun, 28 Oct 2007|
|Thu, 26 Mar 2009|
Working conditions at London hotels have been slammed by a civic campaign group, which has described them as "Dickensian". "The heart of the problem is the treatment of workers and the management's reliance on a transitory, migrant labour force that is hired and fired at will," says a report by London Citizens and union Unite. "Dickensian is not too strong a word to describe the conditions that prevail in some of London's leading hotels." The report, Rooms for Change: putting London hotels on track for the Olympics argues that the key to making the city's hotels fit for 2012 is adopting the London Living Wage (LLW), which is endorsed by mayor Boris Johnson and currently set at £7.45.
|Mon, 04 May 2009|
A PARALYMPIAN who was kicked out of the Beijing games for being “too good” is aiming for rowing success at the able-bodied Olympics in London. Becca Chin, from Deganwy, gained widespread sympathy last summer when her silver discus medal in the F37/F38 event was withdrawn by officials. The 17-year-old Ysgol Aberconwy pupil has now moved on and joined the Royal Chester Rowing Club, where she is doing all she can to reach the 2012 Olympics. Becca has been making waves in the able-bodied single sculls and novice women’s eight. Coaches Michal Palamarczuk, Duncan Little and Charles Green said if she continues to work hard she could realise her ambition of Olympic success. And Coedpoeth’s Beijing gold medallist Tom James has also backed her quest for glory. Becca said: “I’m aiming to compete in as many competitions as possible as I need to gain as much experience as I can.
A MULTI-million pound contract to manufacture official souvenirs for the London Olympics has been awarded to a Chinese company, the Daily Express can reveal. The firm will be the sole licensee for making official London Olympics badges, meaning that British firms have been cut out of the market. The Chinese beat competition from 26 other businesses – the majority of them British. News of the deal saw the Government accused last night of betraying British business and reneging on its pledge to shower UK firms with “Olympic gold” after landing the 2012 Games. But organisers defended the awarding of the contract and denied claims that athletes’ winning medals, traditionally struck by the host nation, will also be made outside the UK.
|Sat, 13 Sep 2008|
Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius won his second gold of the Paralympic Games yesterday as China stretched its lead at the top of the medals table. And there was controversy as Iran abruptly withdrew from their men’s wheelchair basketball quarter-final with the US complaining of a change in schedule. Pistorius — aiming for a sprint treble — was dominant down the home straight, finishing in 21.67 seconds, almost a second clear of Jim Bob Bizzell of the US, with Britain’s Ian Jones in third.
|Wed, 01 Oct 2008|
MIKE BUTCHER, in the Guardian, analyses website traffic trends in August, when coverage of the Beijing Olympics saw a different sort of records broken Big events create opportunities for big headlines - and that’s been reflected in August’s ABCe figures, which received a welcome boost from the Beijing Olympics. Certainly, the Games seemed tailor-made for the interactive and live nature of the web. Team GB’s amazing performance - and almost certainly the dire UK weather - managed to lift the normally quiet summer month online as people stayed indoors, obsessively refreshing pages to see who’d won the next race.
|Wed, 03 Dec 2008|
A total of £100 million a month is currently being spent on building work for the London 2012 Games, Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said. Noting the scale of the £9.3 billion Olympic budget, she said: "The Delivery Authority (in charge of Olympic build and infrastructure) is now spending at the rate of £100 million a month - 23% of the construction having been committed and only 9% of the contingency to this date." She told local authority officials at a London conference there would be "no more public money" for the £9.325 billion budget which is treble original estimates. She said: "The Exchequer is contributing 64% of that cost, the Lottery is contributing 23%, broadly in line with Lottery contribution to the Millennium and London taxpayers are contributing somewhere around 11% of the total.
Westfield's new Stratford City today became the world's first official Olympic shopping centre in a £10million deal. Europe's largest urban shopping mall will get an Olympic makeover using the London 2012
|Thu, 12 Apr 2007|
|Tue, 25 Dec 2007|
A £200m (€275m) strategy to produce a new generation of sports stars in the North will be introduced in the new year. There had been concerns that the 10-year investment plan would be undermined by the Executive's proposed budget allocation for sport and leisure and the diversion of Lottery funds to the 2012 London Olympics.
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